I don’t think for one moment that Ryan Moore will be ringing out the theme tune of that once popular Australian soap Neighbours after the July Cup at Newmarket (4.35) this afternoon but those words "Neighbours everybody needs good neighbours" could be crossing his mind if Martin Harley lands the Group 1 Sprint on Twilight Son.
The Cheveley Road-based pair are indeed in close proximity in terms of living quarters and with Moore claimed for Air Force Blue, Harley has come in for the ride on a horse any jockey would be reluctant to desert.
Twilight Son is as they say what is on the packet – a tough as teak battle hardened Sprinter with the added ingredient of possessing Group 1 class. As a three-year-old he emerged through the handicapper ranks to beat Strath Burn a short head in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock in September and then lost no caste in defeat when beaten by Champion Sprint Muhaarar on Champions Day at Ascot in October.
This season with the Henry Candy team under a slight cloud the Kyllachy colt finished fourth to Magical Memory under his Group 1 penalty in the Duke of York Stakes at York in May but it was business as usual in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot under Ryan Moore when beating Gold-Fun a neck.
It’s not just maybe the friendly intervention of a neighbour that may have secured the ride for Harley on Twilight Son but the fact that the young Irish jockey is a simply irresistible force in top sprints. He displayed his class on two occasions in Group 1 company last season on Goldream for Robert Cowell in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot and in the Prix de L’Abbaye at Longchamp and was the man for the job in the Wokingham Handicap last month when giving Outback Travelller a sublime ride.
Twilight Son has form on fast ground at Newmarket and he looks the sort that will continue to progress as the season goes on at odds of around 11-2 he looks well worth a 1pt each way investment.
Ryan certainly doesn’t look like leaving the stage without a winner and one could come for him on Pleaseletmewin in the Spa At Bedford Lodge Nursery Handicap (2.50).
The Ralph Beckett-trained gelding appeared to be crying out for seven furlongs when short heading Zamjar a short head at Wolverhampton (6f) in May and time could tell he was facing a stiff task when third to Apex King and Hyde Park when conceding 6lb in a novice event on the July course on his latest start. That form has been given a boost since by the fourth Londinium (four lengths) adrift who won a maiden next time and Pleaseletmewin could well defy topweight. A 1pt investment is recommended.